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OBGYN Shelf Exam Board Review Topics Covered:

  • GYN-Major Surgeries
  • Primary Care-Menopause and Perimenopause
  • GYN-Ectopic Pregnancy
  • GYN-Ovarian Neoplasms
  • GYN-Urinary and Fecal Incontinence
  • Other-Genetics
  • GYN-Trophoblastic Disease
  • OB-Prenatal Diagnosis and Care
  • OB-Infections
  • OB-Intrapartum Care
  • OB-Hypertensive Disorders
  • OB-Diabetes
  • OB-Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disorders
  • OB-Preconception
  • OB-Multifetal Gestation
  • OB-Induction of Labor
  • GYN-Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
  • GYN-Benign Conditions
  • GYN-Emergency Care
  • OB-Postpartum Care
  • OB-Antepartum Care
  • Primary Care-Amenorrhea
  • GYN-Abnormal Cytology
  • OB-Pregnancy Loss
  • Ethics
  • Basic Science
  • Benign Breast
  • Co-Existing Psychiatric Conditions
  • Congenital Abnormalities
  • Endocrinology
  • Endometriosis
  • Family Planning
  • Fertility
  • Fetal Assessment
  • GYN- Pelvic Pain
  • GYN-Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Invasive Neoplasias
  • Minor Surgeries/Hysteroscopy
  • OB- Preterm Labor
  • Osteoporosis
  • Postoperative Care
  • Ultrasound and Imaging
  • Vulvar Disorders
  • Primary Care-Preventive Care
  • Primary Care - Lifestyle Modification

About the NBME Obstetrics & Gynecology Shelf Exam (Subject Exam)

As outlined by the NBME, the Subject Exams are designed to provide institutions with effective evaluation tools and useful examinee performance data that can be compared with a large representative group of examinees at the same stage of training.

What content is covered on the OBGYN Shelf Exam?

According to the NBME Clinical Science: OBGYN content outline, the following topics are covered on the exam:

General Principles 1%–5%


  • Promoting Health and Health Maintenance 5%–10%
  • Understanding Mechanisms of Disease 15%–20%
  • Establishing a Diagnosis 15%–20%
  • Applying Principles of Management 5%–10%


  • Promoting Health and Health Maintenance 5%–10%
  • Understanding Mechanisms of Disease 10%–15%
  • Establishing a Diagnosis 15%–20%
  • Applying Principles of Management 10%–15%

What question formats are on the OBGYN Shelf Exam?

As outlined in the NBME Guide to the Subject Examination Program, the following question formats will be on the exam:

Application of Knowledge

This exam will have an increased emphasis on the application of knowledge instead of the recall of isolated facts.


Questions are framed in the context of clinical vignettes.

Single-best-answer (A-type)

This is the most widely used MCQ format. Each question is comprised of a focused item stem (e.g., a clinical vignette) and a lead-in question, followed by a series of options with one correct answer for each item.

Extended Matching (R-type)

These questions are organized into sets that use one list of options for all items in the set. Examinees must select one best answer.

OBGYN Shelf Exam Prep and Readiness

During the later years of Medical School, clinical clerkship exams are given to ascertain readiness in certain areas such as Obstetrics and Gynecology. OBGYN is a module that is required by many programs that participate in NBME testing.

We suggest using BoardVitals OBGYN Board Review Questions in conjunction with Blueprints and Case Files.

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